Asked on Jul 04, 2017

Can I stain a darker stain over lighter stain?

by Ell22335988
I don't want to strip existing stain. Can I stain over with darker stain?

  6 answers
  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Jul 04, 2017

    You would have to take whatever finish is on top off first. Once that is gone, you can add a darker stain; however the existing colour will change the colour of the new stain....I often use two or three different stains to get the colour/effect I am looking for

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 04, 2017

    Yes but the tone of the stain may influence the end color, especially if its a reddish stain or a real strong gold color. Try in an area that you don't see too much to test.

  • Theresa Lee Theresa Lee on Jul 04, 2017

    Yes you can. If you remove the finish, and just have stained bare wood, you can pit another stain on top of it. However, the resulting color may be affected by the current stain color.

    If the finish is still on the current piece, you can go over it with a product that is both stain and finish. Give the current finish a light sanding. You may need several coats to get the color you want.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jul 04, 2017

    yes but you need to lightly sand first

  • William William on Jul 04, 2017

    Sanding will not remove the stain. Stain gets absorbed into the wood, You would never get it all out.